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DfE’s ITP education and training workforce survey
Date published: 19.08.2019
The Department for Education is conducting a survey of education and training workforce in Independent Training Providers – the first of its kind. Please encourage your Head of HR or equivalent to take phone calls from IFF Research and, afterwards, your staff to complete individual online surveys. AELP fully endorses this survey as it helps raise the profile and contribution of ITPs. All ESFA-funded ITPs in England are in scope, giving the potential for a first ever census of ITPs! Also, all
Boris Johnson’s promise on apprenticeships
Date published: 19.07.2019
On Monday 8 July 2019, Boris Johnson used his regular Telegraph column to champion apprenticeships (http://bit.ly/32FMZkX). After a visit to meet BAE apprentices who were building a naval frigate on the River Clyde in Glasgow, he wrote: “When they have finished their apprenticeships, they will almost certainly have a high-wage, high-skill job that will absorb their concentration and their energies for decades to come”. He added: “We have a mismatch: unsatisfied university graduates, and
AELP response to launch of IfATE’s Quality Strategy
Date published: 21.03.2019
Commenting on today’s publication by the Institute for Apprenticeships of its new Quality Strategy, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said: “AELP strongly supports and promotes high quality apprenticeships for employers and apprentices and high standards in the Quality Strategy. Good providers have a vital role in ensuring quality because they deliver all aspects of apprentice training and support, especially the on-the-job training and day-today development of the apprentice. This requires a robust regime
AELP response to the Ofsted annual report
Date published: 04.12.2018
On 4 December, the Chief Inspector published her annual report for 2017-18. She reported that 78% of independent training providers are currently judged to be good or outstanding. This figure is a 3 point drop on last year but it includes new providers and employers, and the decrease is explained by the report stating that “We judged nearly two thirds of the ILPs (including employer providers) being inspected for the first time as requires improvement or inadequate”. AELP CEO Mark Dawe comments:
AELP calls for full open debate after government agency admits there is no unspent apprenticeship levy
Date published: 04.12.2018
On 3 December, FE Week reported on a presentation in which a senior representative of the Institute for Apprenticeships included a slide with the projected costs of apprenticeship starts in England this year and for each year up to and including 2020-21. The paper estimated from the slide that the levy budget is set to be overspent by £0.5 billion this year, rising to £1.5 billion during 2021-22 and the IfA gave the paper the following statement on the presentation slide: “It highlighted that
Autumn Budget 2018
Date published: 05.11.2018
After strong lobbying by AELP, the chancellor’s autumn budget on 29 October contained a welcome announcement that the employer co-investment rate for taking on apprentice is being halved to 5%. Confirmation of the date of implementation for this measure will follow in due course. In response, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said, ““This is a major and positive shift which AELP has been pushing hard for since before the levy was introduced and it should enable providers to work with smaller businesses
AELP statement on the funding of Further Education
Date published: 10.10.2018
In advance of Colleges Week on 15-19 October, AELP CEO Mark Dawe has made the following statement:
AELP’s skills strategy for a post-Brexit Britain
Date published: 03.10.2018
Alongside an article by Education Secretary Damian Hinds in the Conservative conference issue of House magazine, AELP had published a one-page advertorial on what a post-Brexit skills strategy should comprise. The strategy covers apprenticeships, traineeships, level 2 provision, adult skills budget and T levels and it can be read here.
Proposed cuts in funding bands of apprenticeship standards
Date published: 20.08.2018
Both the sector press and social media have begun reporting the apparent outcomes of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ review of the funding bands of 31 apprenticeship standards. AELP has also seen correspondence indicating that management, customer service and hair professional standards are facing significant cuts in their funding bands. Commenting on this, AELP chief policy officer Simon Ashworth said:
ESFA announcement on apprenticeship service transition
Date published: 09.08.2018
The Education and Skills Funding Agency announced on 9 August that all employers would not be able to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding from April 2019 as previously planned. To ensure a more gradual and stable transition, the Agency will instead extend current contracts for training providers delivering training for employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy for 12 months, from April 2019 to March 2020.